LECTURE: Metals Made the World go Round: Dynamics of Metal Extraction, Production and Exchange in Bronze Age Western Anatolia

12 December 2018 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, 1st floor, 06690

A BIAA Lecture by Dr Michele Massa, Honorary Fellow, The British Institute at Ankara

Summary of Event: 

This lecture will present the preliminary results of a 3-year project sponsored by the BIAA, dedicated to shed light on dynamics of metal extraction, refinement, manufacture and exchange in the western Anatolian Bronze Age (ca 3500-1200 BC).

It will explore how and when copper, silver and gold deposits were first exploited in the region, how metallurgical labour was organized, and the socio-economic impact of metallurgy on the local communities. 

It will further reconstruct the major regional trade routes, and how metal production contributed to the integration of Anatolia into the Near Eastern long-distance exchange networks, a process culminating in the Old Assyrian Trade period.

Dr Michele Massa has graduated from University College London in 2016, and has then worked between 2016 and 2018 at Bilecik University as Assistant Professor. He is the director of the BIAA-sponsored “From Mines to Graves: the early stages of metallurgy in western Anatolia” project, and co-director of the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project. He is currently working on publishing his doctoral dissertation as a monograph for the OREA series (Austrian Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology).


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